About Lambskins / Sheepskins
There are a number of lambskin or sheepskin brands on the market, so what is the difference between them all?
The phrase "you get what you pay for" is truly relevant here. Sheepskins come from a number of countries / regions including the UK / Europe, South America, Australia and NZ. There are many different quality grades and many different breeds and also a number of ways to tan the skins. Merino sheep produce the finest and softest wool in the world. This is the best type of wool that you can put next to your baby's skin.
"Merino wool fibres are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibres. This makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin." ~ The woolmark Company. The World's leading authority on wool.
Research has shown that Merino wool next to the skin is beneficial to babies who suffer from eczema and reduces symptoms.
At Gabe & Grace we design and manufacture our own range using the finest Australian and New Zealand MERINO lambskins that are silky soft and safe for infant use. We have enough experience to know that there is no higher grade or specification that exists in the world. We have chosen this route so that we are able to satisfy our own high expectations in order to meet your demands.
The main differences between G&G lambskins from other skins on the market is that Gabe & Grace lambskins are generously denser and softer with a deeper, pile.
The picture is a side view showing the deep soft pile of the G&G skin above and below it, the more curly, wiry appearance and rougher texture of another brand. They are certified for baby use and will last many years when cared for following our washing instructions.
WHY SHOULD I BUY FROM GABE & GRACE?
We have built up a solid reputation for supplying top quality, baby safe lambskins / medi-skins at affordable prices.
We use the finest merino fleece known for it's softnest and dense fibres. In order to maintain our standards we specify, select, design and produce our range that we are proud to call our own. As you can see we are passionate about our product and see ourselves as being more than just a business, we want to bring you the very best so that your baby and the whole family, can benefit from what we have to offer.
What is more, we are passionate about wellbeing, comfort and safety. This is why when we make carry cot, cot bed, moses basket liners and toppers, we believe that one size cannot fit all. We insist on making your baby's sleeping environment as safe as possible and getting the size right is just as important as getting the right fitting mattress.
We specialise in lambskins, with over 13 years of knowledge and experience of the product that will give you the reassurance that we only sell the best and the safest we can maket, creating our liners and rugs out of sheepskins that are certified according to Oeko Tex ® Leather Standard. This means that we work with sheepskins that have passed very strict safety testing. We are happy to talk knowledgeably, openly and transparently about our product.
WHY MERINO WOOL?
Merino is well-known for its very soft, silky properties which offer your babies so many benefits. They can be used from birth, even with low weight babies, as the dense wool pile provides a comforting cushion effect helping to prevent pressure points. Young infants find it difficult to regulate their body temperature and lambskins help to do just that, keeping little ones warm in the cold and cool in the heat. We confidently recommend their use all year round. Being naturally antibacterial, repelling dirt means that they require minimal wshing.
I'VE SEEN SHEEPSKIN PRAM LINERS CHEAPER
Gabe & Grace luxury lambskin liners are cut from one piece of premium skin. (We may stitch some bespoke shapes which are very large).
Check that you are comparing like for like. Merino is Merino!
Lastly, be mindful you are not buying a floor rug cut into a liner, as it won't have gone through the strict tanning requirements as baby care sheepskins. Medi skins are specified for babies for a reason!
We believe we have the highest spec and quality at very competitve prices.
ARE GABE & GRACE LAMBSKINS ETHICALLY SOURCED?
Yes. The lambs are not just slaughtered for their skins, their meat enters the food chain.
WILL THE LINERS FIT MY PRAM / CAR SEAT?
We have a very wide range of bespoke liners. If you have a specific requirement, where you will need the liner to fit various seats, let us know, we love a challenge!
I WOULD LIKE A LINER MADE FOR ME, CAN YOU DO THIS?
We have a bespoke service and are making liners to order. We need some basic information on the pram style you are wanting to fit and we will do our best to make it for you!
DOES THE WOOL COME AWAY / PILL?
Gabe & Grace lambskins are top grade and prepared for infant use which means they don't shed. Where we cut them fibres will be loose but once brushed they are ready to use. The do no "run" as a faux fur would. Shake and brush to keep it in tip top condition.
CAN THEY BE MACHINE WASHED?
YES: However, we recommend washing only when badly soiled as it can be wiped clean for spills. Lambskins are very hygienic and self cleaning! We recommend the footmuffs to be dry cleaned because lambskins need to be stretched when they are drying and this can't be achieved with the footmuffs. PLEASE SEE OUR SHEEEPSKIN CARE PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.
FROM WHAT AGE CAN I USE IT?
All Gabe & Grace lambskins can be used from newborn as we have developed the safer "Midi". Midi and shorn lambskins can be used from birth in carrycots. When unsupervised, for bedtime, we recommend covering with a sheet so the lambskin stays in place. During supervised naps and in when harnessed in prams, your baby will love to lie directly on it. Our products do not need to be washed before use.